Doga (Raj comics):-
Doga is a fictional character, an Indian comic book anti-hero character appearing in Raj Comics, published and distributed across India. Created by Tarun Kumar Wahi, Sanjay Gupta, and artist Manu in November 1992, Doga was the first and, at the time, only antihero character in Raj Comics. The character first appeared in the issue Curfew. His first name is revealed as Suraj, although his surname has yet to be specified.
Deeply affected by his past and the cruelty of his life, circumstances resulted in an orphaned young Suraj building up a life-long hatred against the twisted crime system. To end the pain and guilt he suffered since childhood and avenge the deaths of his close ones, Suraj concealed his identity behind a dog mask, adopted the alter-ego of a ruthless and feared vigilante named “Doga” and set out to cleanse his city of crime and corruption, starting by massacring a local street-gang.
Deeply disturbed and traumatized since childhood, Doga is a cynical and brutish, yet idealistic vigilante who believes in “uprooting the problem rather than solving it”, and does not believe in upholding the laws and rules of the world since he considers the whole system corrupt and twisted.
Doga is considered to be among the three most popular comic leading characters created by Raj Comics due to his huge fan following, the other two being Nagraj and Super Commando Dhruv. His comics feature real-life-like stories usually inspired by true events giving his comics a realistic world far from science fiction making him more popular among mature readers.
Suraj was an orphan who was found as an infant in a rubbish dump by Daku Halkan Singh, a ruthless Dacoit, who used him as protection against a police raid to save himself, but treated him like a dog (and called him that (kutte). While in Halkan’s care, the child witnessed endless horrors that would ultimately lead to his becoming a sociopath.
Eventually, he escaped Halkan’s den with a kidnapped girl Sonu. Suraj’s life took a turn for the better when he met Adrak Chacha (Hindi word for paternal uncle) and his brothers. Initially, he used to practice in his gym hiding from others. Seeing his devotion, Adrak allowed the child to make use of his gym (Lion Gym) for weightlifting helping him to build his muscle mass. He was also given training in martial arts under Haldi Khan (one of Adrak’s brothers), boxing under Dhania Khan, marksmanship, and Fighter Pilot under Kalimirchi Khan (the youngest brother).
Suraj became Doga because of a personal tragedy that befell his “family” sometime later. A former member of the gym, Killota, set up his own place and tried to eliminate his rivals permanently. Suraj was the only survivor of carnage perpetrated by hired goons.
To seek revenge, Suraj adopted the alter ego of Doga, wearing a dog mask to hide his identity. He killed Killota’s gang and further set out to become a one-man army against organized crime, mainly in Mumbai.
After that, he killed Daku Halkan Singh who had by then become Minister Halkat. Because of his one-man army and brave image the people of Mumbai call him ‘Mumbai ka Baap'(Daddy of Mumbai).
Doga has no special powers except that he is able to communicate with Dogs who help him gain information as he travels the sewers of Mumbai. He fights crime to alleviate and control his anger for the pain he suffered from criminals and crime during childhood. In combat, he relies on his Martial Arts training, his fearlessness, his impressive physical power which is a result of his years spent in the gym as well as a fairly large arsenal of guns and bombs. Doga has shown an extraordinarily high level of pain tolerance.
Doga’s special characteristic is his renowned hatred for crime and criminals. This factor charges him up equally for every wrong-doer he comes across. Doga has been presented showing no mercy towards criminals hence he is hugely popular for his one-man army image.